When Should You Repair or Replace Your HVAC Unit?

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If you live in an older home with an HVAC system that has been working hard since it was first installed, potentially decades earlier, you likely know how many headaches it can cause by breaking or needing constant repairs. The question is whether or not you should continue to have the unit repaired and serviced, or whether it would make more sense to have it replaced altogether.

When Should I Replace My HVAC Unit?

There are many factors to keep in mind when considering replacing your HVAC system, but as a general rule-of-thumb, it's a good idea to consider replacement if your unit is 10-15 years old. You certainly don’t want to waste money by getting a new HVAC unit before you need one, but at the same time you won’t want to continue spending money every time a new problem (or the same one) arises. Also keep in mind, a unit that old is an energy guzzler compared with newer, more efficient models that could potentially use a fraction of the power to provide better cooling performance. Spending a little bit of extra money now may mean you won’t have to worry about excessive repairs in the future, plus you’ll likely see a massive reduction in your monthly energy costs.

Factors that signify it's time for a replacement:

  • Age of the system - The magic number when it comes to A/C units seems to be 12 years. If your HVAC system is at least 12 years old and has shown signs of breaking down, it’s generally a good time to replace it so you can avoid costly repairs and start over with a brand new (and more energy efficient) unit. Your ultimate decision should be dependent on the type of system you have, because technology is always changing, and newer, better, more efficient units that weren’t available 10 years ago are now the industry standard.
  • You have a system that uses Freon - If your system uses Freon it will likely be less efficient and more expensive to repair, which means replacing it is the better way to go.
  • The issues are extensive - If your HVAC system has more extensive issues with the compressor, blower motor or condenser coils, replacing it is likely the way to go.
  • You've had it repaired multiple times in the past - If this is at least your third major repair, it’s probably time to get it replaced.
  • Unusual noises - As heating systems get older, they sometimes begin making unusual sounds. Odd sounds such as banging, rattling, and humming can signify that the motor is failing and should replace the unit.

One of the best benefits of HVAC replacement is that newer units can significantly reduce monthly costs and can have up to 20 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings.

When is HVAC Repair the Better Option?

Replacement services aren't always the best solution for your heating and air conditioning unit. If your AC system has minor issues like a clogged drain line, loose or broken ductwork or an electrical problem, it may make more sense to have it repaired. Repair also makes more sense if your unit is still under warranty. Should your unit still be under warranty, you may be able to have it fixed at no cost to you, which means you shouldn’t bother with having it replaced quite yet. Finally, if you have had fewer than two HVAC repairs in the last 10 years, you may still be in good shape to have the unit repaired instead of replaced.

Financing Options Are Available

Being concerned about the cost is understandable, but most HVAC companies, including IKE’S Air Conditioning, offer competitive financing options for those who qualify. You never know, the money you save each month may be greater than your monthly financing payment. When having a new HVAC unit installed, it is important to have an experienced professional do the job because over or under-sized units lead to premature failure, poor humidity control and inconsistent cooling and heating performance.

Call IKE’S Air Conditioning today at (210) 405-6116 or contact us online to learn more about our HVAC system repair & replacement services in San Antonio!

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